What would you pay to live in Minato Ward?

| Apr 23, 2018

What would you pay to live in Minato Ward?

by Kaori Shoji

It was in 2001 when my friend, Chikako Sakamoto, paid ¥9.8 million for a six-tatami-mat apartment in Tokyo's central Minato Ward. The apartment was inside a 長期滞在者用 (chōki taizaisha-yō, long term resident's) wing of an old hotel in Roppongi, with a very low ceiling ...

A company freshman's sharp learning curve

| Apr 2, 2018

A company freshman's sharp learning curve

by Mark Schreiber

The first Monday in April — April 2 this year — sees tens of thousands of 生き生きして元気な新入社員 (ikiiki shite genki na shinnyū shain, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newly hired company employees) — also referred to as フレシュマン (fureshuman, freshmen) — decked out in their new ...